Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 22nd Oct 2005 03:07 UTC, submitted by carbon-12
Windows After roughly 12 years of work, the Wine Project is about to take its widely used Windows translation layer to a place it has not been in all that time: beta. Wine Project leader Alexandre Julliard, who has worked on the software nearly since its beginning in 1993 and maintained it since 1994, said in an interview yesterday that the beta release is "a matter of days away." He has since updated that forecast and said it would be released on Tuesday, October 25th.
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abraxas
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2005-07-07

Haha if that's what you think you are seriously mistaken my friend. If wine is to be a serious contender, it must take into contention anything/everything that is windows related...that means the Vista API, .Net...everything.

No it doesn't at all. All WINE has to do to be relevant is to run popular windows-based apps like photoshop, office, flash, etc. Some of these apps people can't live without. When it comes to smaller apps there are usually excellent, and often superior, free software alternatives.

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jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

If that's all Wine aims to do, then why not simply use other free alternatives? If they just want to relegate themselves to the desktop only, then so be it.

My point is this: Photoshop/Flash/[insert typical desktop application here] pale in complexity compared to distributed enterprise applications that most businesses have in place. If Wine is to be taken seriously (meaning adoption by businesses), then there needs to be guarantees that those types of applications will run seemlessly on top of Wine as well. And there is a TON of legacy MS code out there that barely even runs well on Windows...so who's to say Wine will even work in those scenarios? To be taken seriously, Wine must work in all scenarios that Windows currently works in...it's not just about running the desktop app du jour.

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